Posts Tagged ‘customer service’

Getting the Loyalty Idea Right

Getting the Loyalty Idea Right

Got room in your wallet for another ‘rewards’ card? Didn’t think so. In the age of smart databases, why should it be incumbent on you as the customer to keep up with a reward card, punch card or remember a membership number? Tracking past purchases should be a no-brainer.   And, so it is for Advance Auto Parts. To differentiate their loyalty program, they have shifted much of the ‘loyalty program’ responsibility from the customer to the company. They promote it as “no cards, no points, no nonsense.”
Online Customer Service Lagging? Call GRM.

Online Customer Service Lagging? Call GRM.

Last year, a client noticed that GRM staffers were responding to their customer issues on social media so quickly and in a more appropriate ‘brand voice’ than their internal team. So they asked us to take on all of their online customer service.

We gulped. Agencies always like new assignments. But customer service? For a marketing agency? That’s a new one. Then it hit home. We are about creating zealots, and the number one way to build zealotry moments is in handling complaints, questions or frustrating issues. So actually, it seemed a logical and natural extension of what we do as a company.

We are eight months into the assignment and it is no longer an experiment. The perceptual barriers just haven’t materialized. The client is happy and we have established a working process. If you’d like to hear more about our customer service work and see the process and analytics, send us an email. We’ll be glad to give you a quick tour.
4 Reasons Twitter Reigns Supreme in Social Customer Service

4 Reasons Twitter Reigns Supreme in Social Customer Service

The Twitterverse is full of organic (and more recently, targeted) customer interactions with brands, companies, sports teams, celebrities, spokespersons and the list goes on. People often use Twitter to give or receive a retweet of approval, to ask a question or to offer personal reviews of a service or product. The downside, however, is that negative customer experiences voiced on Twitter can result in a loss of sales and customer support, if left unresolved. Why Twitter? You may be thinking that Facebook should be included in this list when it comes to building optimal customer service.  Although this channel is undeniably an important element of your company’s social presence, there are a few minor details that help Twitter stand out:  
  1. Responsiveness
The key in relationship management is to provide customers the empathy or action they seek in the quickest amount of time. To be heard or comment on Twitter, just an @, #hashtag or keyword search is needed.  Simple as that. And that leads us to the next point.
  1. Simplicity
Twitter’s 140-character limit can be a hinderance when telling a long, drawn out story, but for customers that just want a short and sweet explanation, it is the perfect solution. When you tweet, keep it short and sweet. (Maybe throw in a rhyme or two while you’re at it. Totally kidding.)
  1. Accessibility
Mobile compatibility makes almost all of our social media channels accessible wherever we go, and tweets function almost like texting. Links also push Twitter ahead of the crowd because users can access multiple links from the same home feed if they need to look up information quickly.
  1. Visibility
 With Twitter, what you see is what you get. There is no need to access separate pages for company information because everything is visible on a scrolling timeline either as words or as links.
Because positive social interaction leads to increased sales and strong brand reputation, using Twitter as a customer service tool while keeping these 4 points in mind can mean big bucks for your business. Anything you’d like to add to the list? Give us a shout! @findingzealots